The program allows students to accelerate their graduate degree program by completing a graduate certificate in their final undergraduate year.
The Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the Graduate School established the Global Bridge Program and hosted a delegation from Lanzhou University in China to become the program's first international partner institution.
The certificate program allows international undergraduate students in their final year to complete their bachelor's degree, earn a graduate certificate and accelerate their graduate degree program at Texas Tech.
Qualified undergraduate students admitted into the Global Bridge Graduate Certificate Program enroll in 12 hours during their final semester — nine hours of graduate courses in a chosen field of study and three hours in American culture, education and communication.
Upon successful completion of the program, home institutions will award the student a bachelor's degree, and students will receive a graduate certificate and apply to graduate school at Texas Tech. If admitted, up to nine certificate hours will apply toward a Texas Tech graduate program, thereby accelerating completion of a graduate degree.
To date, 12 Texas Tech academic programs have signed on to participate in the Global Bridge Program and Lanzhou University is the first international partner to sign on.
Lanzhou University has partnered with Texas Tech for almost two decades on a variety of international education collaborations, and this new partnership will serve the mutual interests of students and administrators at both institutes. Hosted by Sukant Misra, vice provost for international affairs at Texas Tech, Lanzhou University Vice President Shengchen Xu signed the partnership agreement with Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec, Provost Michael Galyean, and Graduate School Dean Mark Sheridan.
While in Lubbock, the Chinese delegation met with key research and faculty groups including Joseph Heppert, Texas Tech's vice president for research and innovation , before lunching with administrators from OIA and members of the Texas Tech delegation that traveled to Lanzhou in the summer to discuss the Global Bridge Program.